Why Smoking is Prohibited In Educational Institutions
Smoking is the habit or action of inhaling and exhaling the smoke of tobacco or a drug. The rate of increase in disease and death due to active smoking is on rise. But, apart from this people who do not smoke are suffering with the ill effects of smoking in passive way. The inhalation of Secondhand Smoke (SHS) or Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) by the persons causes “Passive Smoking” which is equally injurious to health. The rise in air pollution is a major concern for the global world. The world is fighting with the problems like smoking and drug related issues.
Passive Smoking is one of the major motivation behind making of smoke free laws. Why should a person other than the intended active smoker face any problem? The passive smoking also causes dangerous diseases like cancer, permanent disability and even leads to death. So, the people who smoke should think about its consequences on other people. The Constitution of India has provided to the people six fundamental and various other Rights. People always raise their voice if any of their rights get violated. But, do we really care about our fundamental duties that we must do as a citizen of India? The Article 51A Part IV of the Constitution of India states different fundamental duties incorporated under 42nd Amendment in 1976. The 86th amendment done in 2002 provides 11 fundamental duties to be done by every citizen of India. I am discussing about fundamental duties of our citizen because even after having legislation for different purposes it depends upon us to make it successful.
“Section 4 of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) describes about Prohibition of Smoking at Public Places which is applicable from 2nd October, 2008”
Evolution of the Prohibition of Smoking in Public Area law in Educational Institution
Section 4 of The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003 or COTPA, 2003 deals with the Prohibition of Smoking in Public Places, which was enacted by the Parliament of India to protect non-smokers from the expose of tobacco smoke.
As per the provision’s Section 6 (a) and (b) of COTPA act tobacco products cannot be sold to the person below the age of 18 years, and in places within 100 yards radius from the outer boundary of an institution of education, which includes school colleges and institutions of higher learning established or recognized by an appropriate authority. The law is just and fair but its implementation is weak.
But now a days smoking is a normal thing in the universities promises.